Sayings of Squash, by david jarvis may 2022.

If you can serve, you can play squash.
If you cannot return serve, then yes it is going to be pretty tough to win when playing squash.

The boast is somewhat like a drive.
To boast about your drive does not involve a motor vehicle.

You can play a boast with slice.

You can play a boast by changing your feet position, that’s called a drive to the side wall.

You can play a boast by adjusting your hips or swing technique.

If they play a weak boast from the right rear court, are you really going to play a cross court back to the right rear court?

If you are so late on the ball you are afraid to hit straight, go high instead.
Hunt the volley.

Play the ball towards where you know they are not.

Your opponent is probably somewhere on a straight line between where they last connected with the ball and the T.

If you’ve never done twenty straight line court sprints in a single rally, why are you training that way?
Have you heard of specificity?

If the lob is volleyed in the mid court it wasn’t actually a lob.

If one doesn’t practice hitting nick rollers, what’s the chances you’ll hit one in a match?
Without records, you cannot accurately answer that last question!

What is your favourite shot?
For greatest gains, train your worst shot.
For greatest gains, work on your weakest components.

Power to weight ratio is not just for cyclists and motor vehicles.

If someone is arguing that good squash technique is a just vertical swing OR a horizontal swing, tell them to start videoing the champions and reexamine reality.

When you play a drop shot that is above the service line, that’s called a “drob”.

Do not barrage through the opponents arm during their follow through just because you’re out of position, teeth get lost that way.

Hunt the volley. If you can’t volley, hunt to half volley. If you can’t volley, or half volley, get it before the back wall. If you can’t volley, or half volley, or get it before the back wall, ok, then take it after the back wall.

The longer you wait after the ball hits the back wall the more room you’ll have to swing.

Hunt the volley in the mid court.

Yes you can go long from the hunted volley in the mid court.

Sure thing, you can go short from the hunted volley in the mid court.

An effective tickle boast produces no laughter.

A corkscrew involves no wine.

Recognise that the nick sometimes feels a mile wide.

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Old school squash on a new court : Photo by Artem Podrez on Pexels.com

Seek and ye shall find, by david jarvis 2022.

FeaturedWalking to a target, Meriden Archery Club

when i was a pre-service teacher i was given the task of organising an archery sequence.

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Target Archery : Photo by Mikhail Nilov on Pexels.com

Ultimately we did several lessons upon archery, but of several things that stands out in my recollection is of the ending of one lesson.

In that lesson we had counted the total amount of arrows we gave out to be used by the students. I don’t recall the number, but during pack up we discovered the arrow count was short.

The entire class became involved in looking for the last arrows, and minutes went by as we searched the oval for the missing arrows. We found several arrows but one remained lost, and in a short time many students eventually gave up on the task and became distracted.

One student took to arguing that we should all just give up, finish the lesson and just move onwards. The in service teacher argued with that student back and forth, student presenting argument to teacher and vice versa. Meanwhile all the other students stood around and watched those two have their discussion. None kept looking that I noticed, for I continued to look and thus had my eyes mainly downward looking at the ovals grass.

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Lawn on the Oval : Photo by Juan Salamanca on Pexels.com

I continued in my search pattern of the oval and listened to the back and forth verbalisations. Several minutes passed by and I discovered the lost arrow, it was horizontally threaded through and underneath the lawns runs of grass. I picked up the metal arrow and indicated to the class we could now all move to the next session of the day.

I noted the silence of the class as we carried the archery gear back to the shed and was quietly satisfied with myself for just keeping at the task of actually looking for the arrow.

Do you find yourself in a discussion about something – and then later discover someone else has just quietly got on with the task and after the arguments’ words have vanished into the void, the task was completed by someone else?

There is a time for talk and argument, and a time for direct persistent action. This story reveals that they can indeed happen all at the same time when enough people are involved!

Keep searching for your arrows, let neither argument nor distraction cease your questing, you will find what you seek. Keep going, onwards and upwards, eyes down looking… bingo!

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the Old Foe resurfaceS… by david jarvis 2022.

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I recall some old novel i red long ago.

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Parents and infant : Photo by William Fortunato on Pexels.com

Two parents loved each other very much and conceived a child who was born and was still in infant hood when one parent got word an ancient and deadly family enemy had resurfaced. So the parental relationship became strained, and people saw their stress and attributed that to young parenthood. And some of that did occur, but the real story is threats and risks came closer to the young family. Worse, a friend got hurt. Then something was stolen. And finally a clear message.

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A clear message : Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com

So the parents broke up horribly, violently and the hunted one left and was persecuted for running. But that was the choice made, to split their small family so they all might live, or not. But the hunted one opened an account and put money and resources away for the infant, for the day a possible respite from being hunted might present itself, and the gifts longevity would prove the parents love for the lost child.

In the middle part of the story, the lead character turned into the infant who became an experienced adult and was self sufficient, well prepared and resourceful.

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For decades the parents kept their public enmity to show they were fully separated and thus lessened risk, but they still looked at the same moon occasionally and recalled the infants conception.

Each parent spent considerable resources and effort to see that the infant grew to be a child that knew some very certain highly important processes. Over the years, after thousands of exposures to vast topics, the child grew to be an adult master of more than one field, including but not limited to movement, observation, reassessing errors and silence. Eventually the infant-adult was wiser than both parents and thus came to honour them both deeply and be wisely respected in return.

The parents’ enemy was the fourth human the infant-adult tracked, but the first it hunted.

Daj. 2022.

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